Chapel must be preserved

Your coverage of the Pugin Society and Victorian Society have joined forces to raising their concern on the deterioration of St Michaels chapel at the ex- convent of the Holy Child Jesus is superb.

Finally, there is support and acknowledgement of the present condition of this unique Edward Pugin chapel at last.

If it sadly gets added to the ‘at risk register’, by Historic England, at least there will be further influence on not only the owners but the council to ensure this neglect does not continue.

From the several images I have of the magnificent interior it is really sad to see such a fine building just being left to disintegrate over the past 40 or so years.

Listed buildings such as this are the fabric of our existence, they will never be repeated.

Over the past four years I have repeatedly asked the council to put pressure on the owners or alternatively issue an enforcement order.

However, all I have ever received is how the convent is subject to a planning application as a reason to avoid any direct action.

Consequently, I really find it galling how HBC have commented on how they are, “happy to work with current or future property owners to ensure that his Grade II* listed building is properly conserved.”

The several emails I have from the council have never expressed any interest or concern about it to me.

As it is hidden away behind the convent walls it has been too easy to turn a blind eye to the predicament of such a fine piece of architecture.

Richard Heritage

Old Bury Hill Gardens

Westcott

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